Zero hours

Zero hours contracts are sometimes used by employers that require flexibility in their workforce, for example where the need for workers is unpredictable. Under a zero hours contract, the employer is not obliged to offer the worker a set number of hours. Their use has attracted controversy and in 2013 the government outlined plans to restrict the use of “exclusivity clauses” whereby workers are stopped from working for other employers.


Young and old most likely to miss out on paid holiday and payslips

The youngest and oldest staff working in atypical ways, such as temporary work, are the most at risk of missing...

Labour would create ‘Ministry of Employment Rights’

10 Sep 2019

A future Labour government would create a ministry of employment rights and a workers’ protection agency, Jeremy Corbyn has announced....

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Businesses may need to compensate workers facing cancelled shifts

19 Jul 2019

The government has announced new proposals of compensation for workers when their shift is cancelled at short notice

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How employees are using social activism to make their voices heard

16 Jul 2019

With traditional union membership in decline, employees are finding new ways to voice their opposition to corporate decisions, as shown...

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Railways urged to end zero-hours contracts after fatality

12 Jul 2019

The death of a likely-fatigued rail maintenance worker has prompted call for widespread change in the industry

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Job insecurity fuelling university staff hardship

4 Jul 2019

Seven in 10 university academics and teaching staff say their mental health has been “damaged” by working on insecure contracts,...

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One in six workers are in insecure, low-paid jobs

12 Jun 2019

One sixth of UK workers – around 5.1 million people – are in insecure, low-paid work, according to new research....

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Mayfair club kitchen porters call for the Living Wage

6 Jun 2019

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has urged one of London’s most exclusive membership clubs to ensure its...

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Lifelong learning provision is inadequate, claims Lords committee

25 Apr 2019

The government must rethink its approach to lifelong learning and ensure that it educates younger people for longer working lives,...

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Outsourcing giant faces protests over payroll upgrade

11 Apr 2019

The outsourcing company ISS faces protests today over changes to its payroll system that will see it withhold the pay...

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Top 10 HR questions March 2019: Anonymous witness rights

2 Apr 2019

If a witness in a disciplinary procedure wishes to remain anonymous, how can the employer balance their privacy against the...

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The Good Work Plan: how should employers prepare?

20 Feb 2019

In December 2018, the government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan,...

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How has Brexit impacted employment legislation?

1 Feb 2019

The number of business-related laws passed in 2018 fell by 27%, according to research by Thomson Reuters. With civil service...

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Outsourced Whitehall support workers to strike over low pay

21 Jan 2019

Cleaners, receptionists and security guards at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)...

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Employment study debunks migrant worker myth

14 Jan 2019

Immigrants have been among the main beneficiaries of the employment boom but not at the expense of workers born in...

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